Do Grocery Stores Drug Test?

by The True Negative

Looking for a job at a grocery store? As we saw at the beginning of the pandemic, grocery stores were hiring like crazy due to an additional need for sanitation measures, consumers eating more of their meals at home, and food stockpiling. Based on the National Retail Federation website, there’s still a lot of grocery store hiring taking place. If you’ve been furloughed and laid off from the restaurant industry, a grocery job may be your best bet due to the rocky path to re-opening restaurants and bars.

Which grocery stores drug test? Find out below:
Albertsons: Users report no pre or post employment drug testing

Food Lion: Users report no pre or post employment drug testing

Fry’s Food and Drug: Users report no pre or post employment drug testing. A user notes, “They only drug test if you report an injury, then it comes back negative and they still deny your claim!”

Giant Food Stores: Yes
Test Timing: pre-employment
Test Type: urine

Kings Food Market: Users report no pre or post employment drug testing

Kroger: Yes
Test Timing: pre-employment
Test Type: saliva and/or urine

Publix: Yes
Test Timing: pre-employment
Test Type: saliva

Randalls: Yes
Test Timing: pre-employment
Test Type: urine

Reily Foods: Yes
Test Timing: pre-employment
Test Type: urine

Sprouts Farmers Market: Users report no pre or post employment drug testing

Stop & Shop: Users report no pre or post employment drug testing

Target: varies based on role, not all users report being drug tested
Test timing: those who were tested report being tested pre-employment
Test type: some reported receiving only a saliva test, some report receiving only a urine test

Without going all out with a full blown Certo method, this user claims to have passed a Target drug test with drugs in their system:

“I went to a music festival and consumed drugs (amphetamines) while there. The day I was driving back from the festival, I got an email saying I had 24 hours to accept their job offer and 24 hours from acceptance of the offer to have had a company-administered drug test performed. Essentially, I stretched it out and accepted the offer 23 hours after I got it and scheduled the drug test as late as they offered it within the 24 hour time stamp from when I accepted. I flushed my system with water and fresh foods and produce and went to my job site to take the test. I didn't know until I went there that it was going to be a swab test but I took it and thought "whatever happens happens" but thankfully, I passed. They hadn't tested me at all after pre-employment screening and I was good from there.”

Village Pantry (Indiana): Yes
Test Timing: pre-employment
Test Type: urine

Walmart: Yes
Test Timing: some users reported a pre employment test, some users reported an on-the-job test
Test Type: users reported a urine, saliva, or breath alcohol test, some receiving more than one of these

While not grocery stores, food processing is another industry that has still remained up and running during the pandemic. We have drug testing information for one food processing plant:
Smithfield Foods: Yes
Test Timing: pre-employment
Test type: urine

Do you currently work for a grocery store or have worked for one in the past? Submit your information here. As always, information on companies that drug tested is as equally valuable as information on companies that do.


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